About Oktoberfest Cares

Oktoberfest Cares is a special program that supports Festival initiatives that enrich our community such as the Onkel Hans Food Drive and keep admission costs low or free for favourites including the Women of the Year celebration and family-friendly events like KIDtoberfest, Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christkinderfest. Oktoberfest Cares is our organization’s commitment to community collaboration, giving back, and growing together. It’s a year-round effort that lends to our mission of truly being a supportive, uplifting, and community-driven organization. This means prioritizing our role as an economic driver for Waterloo Region and working with local businesses to create jobs and bring visitors to our region. It also means supporting our community partners by providing fundraising opportunities during our various events. And it means doing the work to ensure that our Festival is a source of community pride and a welcoming space for everyone to celebrate.

Our Impact
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest prioritizes our role as a force for good in our community. Economic impact, tourism spending drive our local economy. We promote local volunteerism with our 300+ volunteers. Most importantly, KWO has given back to the community with for +50 years with important programs and free community events like the Women of the Year and the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

52+ Full-time Jobs Created | $12.9M (annual) Economic Benefit

Women Of The Year
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Oktoberfest Cares Silent Auction

Place your bids during the Virtual Silent Auction starting at 10am on September 13th until bidding closes on October 10th at 9pm.
Thank you for supporting the Oktoberfest Cares Silent Auction. Stay tuned for exciting news for 2025!

2024 Oktoberfest Cares Silent Auction Item Donation

i.e. Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
i.e. Soar over Kitchener-Waterloo in the CHYM Hot Air Balloon from Sundance Balloons. Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two includes a champagne toast!
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